Peter Wilby highlights how the right wing not only exploit the poor in practise but also in theory. He points out the simple flaws in their use of the poor in arguments against;
Road pricing: Among the poorest 20% of Britons, 59% don't have access to a car.
Flight Tax: The average annual income of passengers passing through Stansted in 2005 was £51,000, and fewer than 8% came from the bottom two social brackets.
Comprehensives: In England's surviving grammar schools, only 2% receive free school meals against 14% nationally.
The Minimum Wage: Tim Worstall waxes lyrical about job losses. Almost unbelievable when you think of how the policies he advocates led to over 3m dole claimants under the Tories (that the right thought a price worth paying). Labour reduces unemployment by over 60% and he maintains outrage at a minimum wage because he suggests 60,000 jobs 'might' not have been created. How can we take someone like this seriously on anything after he has tried to make this pathetic argument?
Also good to see Peter Wilby mention the idea of a Citizen's Income to tackle poverty.
*Update* Just want to point out I was only having a go at Tim Worstall for his opposition to the minimum wage, he supports road pricing, a citizen's income and flight tax and is ambivalent about comprehensives - as he points out in the below comment. The target of my ire was right wingers who do oppose theses things such as the Tory party and their press friends.